Class of 2016

Our 155th all-university Commencement ceremony took place May 20, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. in Brookings Quadrangle.

2016 Chancellor’s Address

“To quote the late Steve Jobs: “You can do it.  Don’t be afraid.” Today is your Commencement marking your start to making the world better. Thank you for taking up this challenge!”

2016 Commencement Address Speaker – John Lewis

U.S. Congressman John R. Lewis, considered one of the most courageous and influential leaders in the civil rights movement, gave the 2016 Commencement address. Lewis will be receiving an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties and building “The Beloved Community” of justice and equality that his mentor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned.

Lewis’ dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won him the admiration of colleagues on both sides of the aisle in Congress.


2016 Senior Class President’s Address

“As we graduate, how will you introduce yourself? More importantly, I think, is: How would you want to be introduced? For the first time in our lives, we will be able to entirely choose our path in life.”

2016 Graduate Student Ashley Macrander’s Address

“It means I will be forever grateful to everyone at WashU who has had an impact on my life over the last five years. I am a more confident, ambitious and fulfilled person as a result of my time here.”


2016 Class Acts

Recognizing students who are changing the world through research, service and innovation.

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